bluedog appoints distributor in Philippines as it plans to open second SOC

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bluedog Security Monitoring has appointed IT Security Distribution Inc (ITSDI) as its distributor in the Philippines.

bluedog, an ISO27001 certified company based in London, has its security operations centre in the capital of the Philippines, Manila. The new partnership will allow it to expand its role within the local market to help meet growing demand from the country’s financial services, outsourcing and office sectors.

ITSDI will offer bluedog’s full range of services including managed detection and response and Microsoft Office 365 monitoring, which can be activated remotely and is ideal for companies with staff working from home.

Paul Lomax, co-founder of bluedog, said: “Cyber security is a growing problem for businesses in the Philippines, particularly those in financial services. The country has numerous small banks which are struggling with compliance, and many thousands of outsourcing firms which need to reassure overseas customers.

“Our business model and the location of our centre in Manila allow us to offer the type of advanced cyber monitoring services which would otherwise be out of reach for many Asian businesses, or indeed for smaller firms in the West. By recruiting and training local staff, we are also helping the country to expand its skills base and build a home-grown cyber industry.”

bluedog currently employs over 30 staff at its SOC in Manila but is now planning to open a second centre and create at least 20 new jobs in the year ahead to meet the growing demand. It is also expanding its bluedog Training Academy which helps local graduates develop cyber skills.

ITSDI, which has offices in Manila and Cebu City, supplies products and services from over 20 vendors throughout the country. Luichi Robles, President of ITSDI said: “We are pleased to offer bluedog’s services in the Philippines and believe they could solve some key challenges for companies here. Security concerns are greatest in the banking and financial services sector and bluedog’s MDR service offers an affordable solution.

“As most businesses use Microsoft, the 365 monitoring is ideal for firms in all sectors, especially with the move to home working, allowing them to see what is going on within their network, identify any breaches and provide a rapid response.”

The latest deal further expands bluedog’s distribution network which covers the UK, Middle East, India, Singapore and Australia.

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